As part of CarePaths’ mission to improve the quality of mental health care, we are announcing a new event, website, and initiative that we’re calling Making Therapy Better. As a key part of this initiative, CarePaths is welcoming Bruce Wampold, PhD as Chief Clinical Officer. Dr. Wampold is Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of the classic text, The Great Psychotherapy Debate. He is bringing his decades of experience as a clinician and researcher to help implement evidence-based strategies for improving the quality of mental health services.
The first phase of Making Therapy Better centers around Measurement-Based Care, or MBC, which involves assessing patient progress and therapy processes through the course of therapy so that the therapist and patient can collaboratively assess whether therapy is achieving desired progress. The data provided by MBC can be used to inform clinical decisions, for instance by alerting the therapist of the need to change their approach because a patient’s symptoms are not improving adequately or because the patient does not have confidence in the treatment.
Although there is a growing body of evidence to support the practice of MBC, so far only a small minority of clinicians have actually begun to implement it, because of the administrative burden it presents. In collaboration with Dr. Wampold, CarePaths has been developing tools that will allow clinicians to effortlessly integrate MBC into their current practice, including fully automated assessments and data collection. These tools will be part of the soon-to-be released CarePaths Connect, which will also include a new mobile app designed to increase patient engagement and the ability for clinicians to build a Digital Front Door for their practice.
We’re kicking off the initiative with a free webinar from Dr. Wampold himself, entitled: “Making Therapy Better: Using Measurement-Based Care to Improve Outcomes.” Dr. Wampold will review the evidence for MBC and discuss how to integrate it with your practice, as well as demonstrate some of the features he helped design for CarePaths Connect. The webinar will be presented live on Friday, July 29, 2022 at 1:00pm EST. It will also be recorded for anyone unable to attend the live event. Anyone who watches the webinar either live or recorded will be eligible to receive APA-approved continuing education credits through ContinueLearn.com.
We invite you to check out the new site, register for the webinar and stay tuned for more news from CarePaths and Making Therapy Better.